USF Moves into First as Fontanez Fans 10 in 8-4 Win Over Hoyas
April 09, 2010
With the win and losses by Rutgers and Louisville, the Bulls moved into sole possesion of first place in the BIG EAST Conference.
Fontanez (2-5) took the mound at Red McEwen Field for the first time since he threw a no-hitter against Notre Dame on March 26.
Fontanez battled and pitching 7 .0 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out 10 and walking three.
The 10 strikeouts are the second most in a game this year for Fontanez, as he struck out 12 in his no-hit win against the Irish.
Joe Cole and Trey Dahl came in to relieve Fontanez and threw a combined 2.0 innings of scoreless ball including four strikeouts.
The Bulls offense exploded against the Hoyas as they combined for eight runs and 14 hits on the night. Every member of the starting lineup reached base, and everyone recorded a hit except for Sean Buckley, who reached base twice on the night.
The 14 hits are the second this season, trailing only the 18 they had against Western Illinois.
Sam Mende and Stephen Hunt each collected three hits apiece on the night. The three-hit performance was the third of the season for Hunt, and the second of the year for Mende.
Junior Carlin drove in two runs for the Bulls in the win on a pair of hits, and Jonathan Koscso collected a pair of hits in five at-bats while driving in one.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, the Bulls got a little two-out magic going. Stephen Hunt stepped to the plate after a pair of groundouts, and connected with a fastball and cruised into second with his team leading 13th double. Sam Mende then came up and fisted a slow looper over Tom Elliott’s head at short to plate Hunt and give USF the early 1-0 lead.
The USF offense opened the flood gates in the bottom of the second, as they hung a five-spot on the visiting Hoyas. Daniel Rockhold led things off by singling through the left side and advanced to third on a hit-and-run single by Eric Sim. After Todd Brazeal walked to load the bases, Sean Buckley was hit by a pitch to score Rockhold. Back-to-back singles by Alex Mendez and Jonathan Koscso plated another pair of runs for USF to make it 4-0 Bulls.
USF extended its lead to 6-0 after a sac fly by Hunt and a groundout by Junior Carlin to completed the five-run frame.
Both offenses stalled until the top of the fifth. The Hoyas got a leadoff double by Tom Elliott, which was followed by a pair of walks issued by Fontanez. A double by William Cupello, cleared the bases and cut the Bulls’ lead to 6-3.
Georgetown would add another on their third double of the inning by Erick Fernandez to make it 6-4 through four and a half.
The Bulls responded by putting up an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth on an RBI single by Brazeal.
USF got three straight singles by Hunt, Mende and Carlin which rallied home one run and put the score at the final tally of 8-4.
Fontanez and the USF bullpen would shut the door on the Hoyas the rest of the way, and the Bulls held on to win, 8-4.
USF will look to take the series on Saturday as they battle the Hoyas at 7 p.m. at Red McEwen Field. Junior Andrew Barbosa will take the mound looking for his fourth straight win.
USF has now won 18 of their last 19 home conference games at Red McEwen games... A win tomorrow or Sunday would give the Bulls their ninth straight conference series win at Red McEwen dating back to 2009...The 10 strikeouts for Fontanez are the second most in a game this year for the RHP, as he struck out 12 in his no-hit win against Notre Dame… The Bulls offense against the Hoyas as combined for 8 runs and 14hits on the night... USF out hit the Hoyas 14-8... USF is 12-5 when they out hit the opposition... Every member of the starting lineup reached base, and everyone recorded a hit except for Sean Buckley who reached base twice on the night… Sam Mende and Stephen Hunt each collected three hits apiece on the night. The three hit performance was the third of the season for Hunt, and the second of the year for Mende... Mende leads the team in hitting with a .364 clip and Hunt is second the team with a .344 clip… Junior Carlin drove in two runs for the Bulls in the win on a pair of hits, and Jonathan Koscso collected a pair of hits in five at-bats while driving in one… Hunt continues his hot play in BIG EAST games this season as the junior is a combined 10-26 in conference play this season… Randy Fontanez has faced Georgetown three times in his career, and is now 3-0 in 23.0 innings with 22 strikeouts... USF No. 2-5 spots in the line-up (Koscso, Hunt, Mende and Carlin) combined to go 10-19 in the game five driven in.